An alliance of experts specialising in digital, manufacturing, building performance standards and construction technology has been awarded leadership of a new national Hub to drive innovation and technological advances in the UK construction and infrastructure sectors.
Following a nationwide competition, Innovate UK has awarded £72 million to the Transforming Construction Alliance to deliver a national Core Innovation Hub, a key element of the Transforming Construction programme. The alliance brings together the specialist expertise of the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the CDBB (University of Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain).
Announcing the award at BRE Watford on 30 November 2018, Business & Industry Minister Richard Harrington said “We have the opportunity to revolutionise construction in the UK and the Core Innovation Hub will help us build smarter, greener and more efficient buildings much faster and cheaper than we do now.
“From the introduction of virtual reality to off-site manufacturing, our modern Industrial Strategy, is helping the UK construction sector to develop new techniques and skills – modernising the sector and delivering the homes and buildings our nation needs.”
The Transforming Construction Alliance (TCA) is a consortium of the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain). The TCA has received broad support from the construction sector and will help deliver the safer, healthier and energy efficient buildings that the UK needs.
Constructing Excellence has a key role to play in supporting industry outreach and engagement on this project, further details of how you can get involved will emerge. We are delighted to have Keith Waller Director of the Transforming Construction Alliance speaking at our conference on 12 December, which is a great opportunity for the Constructing Excellence Community to find out more about the programme. So remember to book your place if you haven’t already done so.